Definitions for cottonˈkɒt n

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

cot•tonˈkɒt n(n.)

  1. a soft, white, downy substance consisting of the hairs or fibers attached to the seeds of plants belonging to the genus Gossypium, of the mallow family, used in making fabrics, thread, wadding, etc.

    Category: Botany

  2. the plant itself, having spreading branches and broad, lobed leaves.

    Category: Plants

  3. such plants collectively as a cultivated crop.

    Category: Plants

  4. cloth, thread, a garment, etc., of cotton.

    Category: Textiles

  5. any soft, downy substance resembling cotton, but growing on other plants.

    Category: Botany

  6. (v.i.)Informal. to get on well together; agree.

    Category: Informal

  7. Obs. to prosper or succeed.

  8. cotton to or on to,Informal. to become fond of; begin to like. to approve of; agree with:

    to cotton to a suggestion.

    Category: Verb Phrase

Origin of cotton:

1250–1300; ME coton < OF < early It cotone < Ar quṭun, var. of qutn

Cot•tonˈkɒt n(n.)

  1. John, 1584–1652, U.S. clergyman, colonist, and author (grandfather of Cotton Mather).

    Category: Biography

Princeton's WordNet

  1. cotton, cotton fiber, cotton wool(noun)

    soft silky fibers from cotton plants in their raw state

  2. cotton(noun)

    fabric woven from cotton fibers

  3. cotton, cotton plant(noun)

    erect bushy mallow plant or small tree bearing bolls containing seeds with many long hairy fibers

  4. cotton(verb)

    thread made of cotton fibers

  5. cotton(verb)

    take a liking to

    "cotton to something"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. cotton(noun)ˈkɒt n

    a crop plant with soft white hairs

    farms that grow cotton

  2. cottonˈkɒt n

    a common type of cloth made from cotton

    a cotton shirt

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cotton(noun)

    a soft, downy substance, resembling fine wool, consisting of the unicellular twisted hairs which grow on the seeds of the cotton plant. Long-staple cotton has a fiber sometimes almost two inches long; short-staple, from two thirds of an inch to an inch and a half

  2. Cotton(noun)

    the cotton plant. See Cotten plant, below

  3. Cotton(noun)

    cloth made of cotton

  4. Cotton(verb)

    to rise with a regular nap, as cloth does

  5. Cotton(verb)

    to go on prosperously; to succeed

  6. Cotton(verb)

    to unite; to agree; to make friends; -- usually followed by with

  7. Cotton(verb)

    to take a liking to; to stick to one as cotton; -- used with to

Freebase

  1. Cotton

    Cotton is a soft, fluffy staple fiber that grows in a boll, or protective capsule, around the seeds of cotton plants of the genus Gossypium. The fiber is almost pure cellulose. Under natural condition, the cotton balls will tend to increase the dispersion of the seeds. The plant is a shrub native to tropical and subtropical regions around the world, including the Americas, Africa, and India. The greatest diversity of wild cotton species is found in Mexico, followed by Australia and Africa. Cotton was independently domesticated in the Old and New Worlds. The English name derives from the Arabic qutn قُطْن, which began to be used circa 1400 CE. The Spanish word, "algodón", is likewise derived from the Arabic. The fiber is most often spun into yarn or thread and used to make a soft, breathable textile. The use of cotton for fabric is known to date to prehistoric times; fragments of cotton fabric dated from 5000 BCE have been excavated in Mexico and the Indus Valley Civilization. Although cultivated since antiquity, it was the invention of the cotton gin that so lowered the cost of production that led to its widespread use, and it is the most widely used natural fiber cloth in clothing today.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'cotton' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4170

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'cotton' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4447

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'cotton' in Nouns Frequency: #1690


Translations for cotton

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

cotton(noun)

a soft substance got from the seeds of the cotton plant, used in making thread or cloth.

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